In an effort to change the way of eating and promote Animal Welfare in Uganda, Vegan Village Society, a nonprofit organization in Uganda has successfully managed to influence 92307 people to adopt plant-based food since its establishment in 2020.
This was revealed on Wednesday by the Head of Programs in the organization Mr. Tumukunde Lyth while interacting with the media at their office in Rubanda district.
According to Lyth, the organization started as a small group supporting women groups with Vegetable seeds and creating awareness on animal welfare in schools, churches, and other public places but today the organization has grown into a big project covering Bufundi sub-county and Kacereere Town council.
He said that though the organization has not yet established long-term funders, it has managed to support 50 women groups per season with Vegetable seeds in addition to carrying out awareness campaigns as a way of making the community cruelty-free.
According to the information obtained by this publication, currently, the organization is supporting 25 groups with funding from well-wishers. The organization is also planning a vegan festival event in December 2023 which will run for two days to help people understand the role of living a plant-based life and how to humanely handle animals in society.
When contacted, the Executive Director of Vegan Village Society Mr. Bob Rumanzi confirmed the event though he said that they hadn’t set a clear date for the event due to financial challenges. ” We are still looking for funders/donors to help us get enough money to host the event and once we get all the required resources, we shall call the media and confirm the date for the event, Mr. Bob Rumanzi”.
Asked about extending the project to other areas where it has not been extended, Bob said that this will depend on the resource envelope though it is among the Organisation’s plans to cover the whole country.